Book Review–Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield


This is the thirty-first book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Published July 5th, 2012

An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent.

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town–and Becca–into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson’s life are intercut with Becca’s own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia’s death.


This book ended up being a lot different than I expected, and in a good way.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone is told mostly from the POV of a newly graduated girl named Becca. However, some parts are also told from the POV of Amelia Anne, who is found dead on the side of the road early on in the book.

I enjoyed Rosenfield’s beautiful writing style, deep and complex characters, and spot-on small-town setting. It was easy to relate to Becca because I come from a small town and had similar fears concerning my future. I also felt that she was a strong female character, which is always nice to see in young-adult fiction.

The plot itself was good and kept me guessing the entire time. There were a few times when I felt it was dragging, but not enough to stop reading. Rosenfield does a great job at building suspense and at creating surprising twists.

She even managed to make me like James, who I pretty much hated for the majority of the book. I believe when an author can make you like a character that you previously hated, then they are doing their job.

If you enjoy coming-of-age stories that involve small towns and murder as well as some interesting characters, I highly recommend reading this one.




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